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Old 04-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #1
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Hey all - we want to build (or have built) a dormer. It would be virtually identical to the attached picture - except no half-moon (so wouldn't be as tall as this one either). We're thinking it would be a double window of about 5 foot (or whatever is standard) and the surrounding peaked dormer like the picture would be sized simply to allow for that window.

This project is a framing, window, roofing, siding, insulation AND drywall job. I'm a DIY guy, but framing of this kind (and cutting a big hole in my roof) is out of my league. So probably is roofing/flashing and I've never done siding.

I live in Atlanta. So - anyone care to venture a guess on the cost I'd pay a contractor(s) total for this job for the exterior portion only?

I'd handle the interior (insulation, drywall, painting and trim).

My wife wants this tomorrow - but I have no idea if I might pull it off for $1000 or if it's a $7000 job.
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Hey all - we want to build (or have built) a dormer. It would be virtually identical to the attached picture - except no half-moon (so wouldn't be as tall as this one either). We're thinking it would be a double window of about 5 foot (or whatever is standard) and the surrounding peaked dormer like the picture would be sized simply to allow for that window.

This project is a framing, window, roofing, siding, insulation AND drywall job. I'm a DIY guy, but framing of this kind (and cutting a big hole in my roof) is out of my league. So probably is roofing/flashing and I've never done siding.

I live in Atlanta. So - anyone care to venture a guess on the cost I'd pay a contractor(s) total for this job for the exterior portion only?

I'd handle the interior (insulation, drywall, painting and trim).

My wife wants this tomorrow - but I have no idea if I might pull it off for $1000 or if it's a $7000 job.
Can the moderator who deleted my post about you guys putting a sticky here please send me a message so we can discuss this?

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Old 04-02-2012, 05:05 PM   #3
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Hi Joe - duly noted. I understand all the reasons why "online pricing" can't really work.

However - I'm not looking to find out this project will cost $4,323.17.

I'm most simply trying to find out if a project of this scope would lean more towards the $1000 range, or more like $7000 - even give or take a few thousand.

I mean, most people could guestimate a general price for a new roof on a certain size house. Or perhaps a rough cost for a 12x12 deck. Just a generalization.
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Hi Joe - duly noted. I understand all the reasons why "online pricing" can't really work.

However - I'm not looking to find out this project will cost $4,323.17.

I'm most simply trying to find out if a project of this scope would lean more towards the $1000 range, or more like $7000 - even give or take a few thousand.

I mean, most people could guestimate a general price for a new roof on a certain size house. Or perhaps a rough cost for a 12x12 deck. Just a generalization.
I think a lot more of value to you would be to find a local design/build firm and pose to him the question. It'll take you the same amount of time, it'll provide you a step toward the "3 quotes" and best of all, it's local pricing so you know it's in a Better ballpark.

I've done it a number of times and as long as your honest with them it works out well. They usually will give you a back of the napkin number for free so you know if you have enough money to worry about the project.

IMHO, I'd think 7k is a floor, and it can go up. But that's just my experience (a bay window costing 3-5k quoted)
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IMHO, I'd think 7k is a floor, and it can go up. But that's just my experience (a bay window costing 3-5k quoted)
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IMHO, I'd think 7k is a floor, and it can go up. But that's just my experience (a bay window costing 3-5k quoted)[/QUOTE
And this is why the DIY howmeowner was born.......
There are a lot of things I will DIY, heck I'm buying a 2k asbestos tile remover so I can DIY that job in the basement but we all have our ones that are just to much something. A bay window, I don't think I'm ready to DIY that one. I know some may, just like some may do a former of this size, but not all or even most.
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There are a lot of things I will DIY, heck I'm buying a 2k asbestos tile remover so I can DIY that job in the basement but we all have our ones that are just to much something. A bay window, I don't think I'm ready to DIY that one. I know some may, just like some may do a former of this size, but not all or even most.
I hear what your saying!
My point is those quotes IMHO excessive. I would rather put the time and energy in my self to do it then pay someone else money like that to do it.
I would certainly research the job thoroughly before starting and then take it on. Not to mention it would be done exactly the way I want not what a sub thinks I want.

P.S. be very careful with that basement project.

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Too many variables as usual.

Some Examples:

- Age of house - Does it require EPA RRP protocols = $$$
- Actual location: second floor? third Floor? ready acess to location, or area completely surrounded by shrubs = $$$
- Interior area - how much has to be done to complete the interior side? Matching of texture ceiling? = $$$
- Existing roof framing dimensions?
- Size of window? type of windows? preferred brand? energy rating? exterior finish of window? interior finish of window (wood/other?) = $$$
- Type of siding material?
- Debris haul out included? = $$$
- Type of roofing? Age/condition of existing roof? (affects the amount of roofing that will need to be replaced)= $$$
- Permit included? or Home Owner getting permit?
- Do you have the drawings to be submitted for the permit, or does the contractor have to create them? = $$$
- Insulation requirements for your region?
- Super clean house? or Ok to do the work with minimal clean up (home owner provides cleaning)? = $$$
- Economy good/bad in your region? (bad or poor = affects costs due to competition).
- Insurance and licensing requirements for contractors in your area (affects their overhead).
- Etc.
- Etc.
- Etc.
- Etc.

The points above are just some of the factors in such a project that create variables towards costs (as much as $10K difference).


It is not possible to properly price Construction, Remodeling, Repairs, etc - over the internet (no matter how much information you try to include, or, how much you "wish-it-to-be-so" ) = Get Local Estimates.
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1k might cover the engineer and the window cost.
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Hi Joe - duly noted. I understand all the reasons why "online pricing" can't really work.
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And yet your still asking. Unbelievable!

What part of the link and getting prices on the internet don't you understand??
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And yet your still asking. Unbelievable!

What part of the link and getting prices on the internet don't you understand??
Shot in the dark here,but I'm gonna go with;none of it. Lol

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